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Mr. G. Mitchell

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  • Gunpowder Moon

  • By: David Pedreira
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

The moon smells like gunpowder. Every lunar walker since Apollo 11 has noticed it: a burnt-metal scent that reminds them of war. Caden Dechert, the chief of the US mining operation on the edge of the Sea of Serenity, thinks the smell is just a trick of the mind - a reminder of his harrowing days as a marine in the war-torn Middle East back on Earth. It's 2072, and lunar helium-3 mining is powering the fusion reactors that are bringing Earth back from environmental disaster.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting story.

  • By Mr. G. Mitchell on 07-01-19

An interesting story.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-19

Overall the story is a good one, but spoilt by unnecessary "thinking" descriptions that really stop the flow of the story, at 1 point there is a whole chapter on how someone, years before, died. and it doesn't add a single thing to the overall story.

The performance by David was good, I could tell the people apart which is always helpful just a shame it was "padded" out.

  • Harry Potter: A History of Magic

  • An Audio Documentary
  • By: Pottermore Publishing, Ben Davies
  • Narrated by: Natalie Dormer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 338

The history of magic is as long as time and as wide as the world. In every culture, in every age, in every place and, probably, in every heart, there is magic. Harry Potter: A History of Magic reveals some of the hidden stories behind real-world magic and explores some of J.K. Rowling's magical inventions alongside their folkloric, cultural and historical forebears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very enjoyable

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-10-18

little bit misleading title

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-18

First off, maybe I misunderstood what this was going to be about from the description and interpreted it the way I wanted to. It's not a story set in the Harry Potter world, it is not a story filling in more details about Magic used in Harry Potter.

It's a book that starts off about the history of the books of Harry Potter which is set in a magical world, then talks about magic through the age of the real world with quotes from the books stuck in for some random reason.

If you want that, then this is the book for you, I agree with other reviews that it needs images as parts of narrative is describing a picture that's on a page in front of the reader.

Honestly it's almost like they've stuck the word "Harry Potter" on the title, added in some text about the books to pad out a book which seems to be interviews with people about magic that would be 6hours without the HP stuff.

31 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • Master of Formalities

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 14 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 305

Even when finding oneself engaged in interstellar war, good form must be observed. Our story is set thousands of years after the Terran Exodus, where two powerful, planet-dominating families - the elegant House Jakabitus and the less refined Hahn Empire - have reached a critical point in their generations-long war. Master Hennik, the Hahn ruler's only son, has been captured, and the disposition of his internment may represent a last and welcome chance for peace.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Neil on 04-08-15

it's interesting subject

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-18

So the book is from the view point of "masters of formalities" almost like aid's to royal families. Scott has a great way of writing characters and they do make me chuckle imaging them. Luke does a great job of bringing them to life.

If I had a negative is that there is a storyline that runs through it that really doesn't need to be there in that much detail. but other than that i enjoyed it.

  • Arnhem

  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 16 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

On 17 September 1944, General Kurt Student, the founder of Nazi Germany's parachute forces, heard the growing roar of aeroplane engines. He went out onto his balcony above the flat landscape of southern Holland to watch the air armada of Dakotas and gliders carrying the British 1st Airborne and the American 101st and 82nd Airborne divisions. He gazed up in envy at this massive demonstration of paratroop power. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sosabowski and the Poles vindicated

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-05-18

interesting but biased views

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-18

I've always been interested in the Arnhem battle so was keen to see how this book compared to the Cornelius Ryan book. the author sets out his views at the start of the book, mainly that it was all Monty's fault from the start, and that view influences the rest of the book. The wording used, the conclusions of events, all aimed at supporting his views.

The book is also filled with quotes from "unknown persons" which is strange if you've researched the subject for yourself rather than drawing on 3rd hand sources, add to this there are occasional quotes where, for example a tank is coming towards the person and says "oh <swearword>" am not sure why these sort of quotes has been included, it doesn't add anything to the story.

The narrator is so drool and boring, it sounds like listening to an old man who isn't a natural reader, he tries to put on accents for the different quotes but they all sound like his normal voice.

it does have a small amount of new information over the Cornelius Ryan book but for me it's the only positive.

  • Rome: A History in Seven Sackings

  • By: Matthew Kneale
  • Narrated by: Neil Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

No city on earth has preserved its past as has Rome. Visitors stand on bridges that were crossed by Julius Caesar and Cicero, walk around temples visited by Roman emperors, and step into churches that have hardly changed since popes celebrated mass in them 16 centuries ago. These architectural survivals are all the more remarkable considering the violent disasters that have struck the city. Afflicted by earthquakes, floods, fires and plagues, it has most of all been repeatedly ravaged by roving armies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By John Imeson on 19-12-17

Bit misleading title

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-08-18

You would think a book called "A history in seven sackings" would be about sackings of Rome...no, its about the life of Rome in different times, mostly politics and religion, which are major themes during this period. With very little actually to do with the capturing/sacking or Rome. There are chapters after chapters that have nothing to do with the taking of the city, tatics or reason why someone was trying to take the city, and other parts were it will just dedicate maybe 2 paragraphs to someone else trying to take the city.
The Narrate Neil Gardner did a good job, read at a steady clear pace.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Thrawn (Star Wars)

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 693
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691

In this definitive novel, listeners will follow Thrawn's rise to power - uncovering the events that created one of the most iconic villains in Star Wars history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This brought me back

  • By Paul on 09-08-18

If you like Thrawn books you will enjoy this

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-08-18

I've really enjoyed past Thrawn books, he's an interesting character who is kind of a hero of the evil empire but his cleverness is what I enjoy the most.

Marc Thompson has done many many books in the serious and continues to do it very well, a good range of voices and capturing the essences of the characters. All Star Wars Audiobooks come with the backing of sound effects and music from the Star Wars universe and it really helps add to the experience.

  • HALO: Bad Blood

  • By: Matt Forbeck
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

An original full-length novel set in the Halo universe and based on the New York Times best-selling video game series! Just hours following their climactic battle on the Forerunner planet Genesis, the Spartans of Blue Team and Fireteam Osiris find themselves running for their lives from the malevolent machinations of the now-renegade artificial intelligence Cortana. But even as they attempt to stay one step ahead, trouble seems to find Spartan Edward Buck no matter where he turns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great addition to the ODST story

  • By Pu3r360 on 06-08-18

Awful, no story, no point to it

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-08-18

No idea what the point of this book was, basically 4/5 of it is backstory (which anyone who likes Halo or read previous books will know) or character relationship which goes on for chapter after chapter and only in the very end does anything actually start to happen and even then it's not very interesting or even remotely original.

Scott Brick is a very good narrator but his range of voices is limited, so while it doesn't detract from the story it doesn't add anything either.

Honestly, there was nothing good about this book at all.

  • Total Competition

  • Lessons in Strategy from Formula One
  • By: Ross Brawn, Adam Parr
  • Narrated by: Adam Parr, Peter Noble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

Total Competition is the most compelling, comprehensive and revealing insight into what it takes to get to the top in Formula One that has ever been published. Across four decades, Ross Brawn was one of the most innovative and successful technical directors and then team principals in Formula One. Leading Benetton, Ferrari, Honda, Brawn and Mercedes, he worked with drivers such as Michael Schumacher, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton to make them world champions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Are You Ambitious? This is MUST READ

  • By Mr Richard J Baker on 13-12-17

I wanted to like this.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-18

This is more across between a biography and a story of Ross Brawn.

I've always been interested in him so that made up for the gaping lack of strategy, as a F1 fan I was very much looking forward to these two parts coming together however there is very little on actual strategy beyond how he setup the teams around him.

nothing to do with strategies used in F1, no insights into when and how or why decisions are made, more like being down the pub and listening to him chatting about things.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nimitz

  • By: E. B. Potter
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 25 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Called a great book worthy of a great man, this definitive biography of the Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet in World War II is considered the best book ever written about Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. Highly respected by both the civilian and naval communities, Nimitz was sometimes overshadowed by more colorful warriors in the Pacific such as MacArthur and Halsey. Potter's lively and authoritative style fleshes out Admiral Nimitz's personality to help listeners appreciate the contributions he made as the principle architect of Japan's defeat. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Probably one of the best historical accounts.

  • By Mr. G. Mitchell on 29-05-18

Probably one of the best historical accounts.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-05-18

I really enjoyed this book. the flow shifts from the popular pacific battles of World War 2, back to earlier in his life then back to the main period of interest before finishing with the end of his life.

the author has managed to capture the personality of Nimitz while freely admitting the limitations of his knowledge, rather than making something up to fill the pages.

If you are interested in navy warfair or the second world war you will enjoy this book.

  • Run Program

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 272

What's worse than a child with a magnifying glass, a garden full of ants, and a brilliant mind full of mischief? Try Al, a well-meaning but impish artificial intelligence with the mind of a six-year-old and a penchant for tantrums. Hope Takeda, a lab assistant charged with educating and socializing Al, soon discovers that day care is a lot more difficult when your kid is an evolving and easily frightened A.I.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • He said she said

  • By mr peter a r pryde on 09-07-17

It could have been good "he said"

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-05-18

Am sure the story in this could have been really interesting however...

it's written like a script for TV, "he said, she said..." every sentence had to finish with "x said / y said" and it completely ruined it for me. it was so distracting that even liking some of the characters I didn't want to listen to this.

I like the Author i've enjoyed his other works but this one didn't work for me.